Christmas Evil Donations to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Childrenby Cypher Lx on 07/11/12
11 July 2012
Well, it's Christmas in July! Christmas Evil has finally passed my super critical eye and is available for purchase in the CreateSpace eStore if you click on the cover photo in my Books section. In a few days it will also be on Amazon listings as well. I also plan on making it into a Kindle and Nook edition. As I said before, I wanted to do something special with this book. If you've been reading my Facebook and Twitter posts, you already know that I will be donating 50% of the proceeds to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Now, I hope to answer questions that I know must be going through some people's minds.
1. Why the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children?
The idea for Christmas Evil originally started as a joke between my husband and I during our adventures at DragonCon last year. I had forgotten about it until NaNoWriMo came about once again and needed an idea to write. He reminded me of the joke. Only it wasn't a joke anymore. As I started writing, I became very aware of certain elements that were coming out in the story. While I technically finished NaNo with a little over 50,000 words, the story itself was not complete. It took me a good amount of time to figure out how to work in the things I did in a tactful way. It is a horror story, yes. However, there are parts that I was a little iffy on how to handle without being offensive. I hope I did that job well. It was these very elements that made me decide that I would donate a portion of what I make to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Despite the word "National" in the title, there are links to 19 other countries in their network. The organization is the same one that brings you the AMBER Alerts.
2. Why 50% of the proceeds, and what does that mean?
I self-publish my works. While that gives me a lot of control for how my book is constructed including cover art, I have no control over how much they decide to charge for actual production (this depends on page count, dimensions, etc.). CreateSpace determines a base cost and I have to choose a listing price above that. Depending on the distribution channel, my royalties can change drastically. I chose a list price of $13.00. Now, here's how that breaks down. Through CreateSpace, I make less than 50% of that. The rest goes to them. Through Amazon.com, I make less than 30% of the list price. The initial 50+% goes to CreateSpace and the rest goes to Amazon. That means that the royalty I receive if I sell a paperback through Amazon is nearly halved from what I get through the direct eStore. Yes, you read that correctly. So, the 50% that I will donate for each purchase doesn't mean 50% of $13.00. It is 50% of whatever amount is left after CreateSpace and Amazon take their cut. This also changes a little with overseas sales (though I don't know the conversion rates at the moment). So if you want more of what you are spending to go to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, order direct from the eStore link on my website. Another reason I chose 50% is due to the fact that I like to keep some stock on hand for those that want the book, but don't have computers to order it. Yes, there are those who don't use computers. No, really. I'm not kidding. Like the rest of you, I have to pay shipping costs. So what little money I get to keep from these sales, some of it will be going to that.
3. Will you be offering it on Kindle or Nook?
The answer is a resounding YES! I would never deny you wonderful people of the electronic age. I am an ebook person myself (though I do love the feel of turning actual pages when I'm chilling on the couch). I will be offering it at the same ebook prices as my other two books and the 50% of my royalties will still be donated to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
4. How much of the donation goes to the support program services?
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children utilizes 93% of the donations for their Support Program Services.
You can visit http://www.missingkids.com to find out more.
5. How do I know that an actual donation is being made from my book purchase?
Good question. And I have an answer for you. I plan on taking screen shots of how may copies of Christmas Evil were sold in a month as well as showing receipts after each donation (blocking out personal information, of course). I would like to be able to donate at the minimum $25 each time. If I can't meet that minimum each month, I will hold over the donation until I reach that amount in the following months. The easiest way to make sure that I can meet this goal is to spread the word. Not only are you donating to a good cause, but you're also getting a book to read.
6. Will you be giving it away for free on KDP Select or as a paperback on GoodReads?
No. Sorry. This is the one book that I will not do that with. I like a free book as much as the next person, but this one is being sold for a cause.
7. What about the third party retailers on Amazon that are trying to sell your books for above the retail price you set?
My answer to that is...don't do it. I feel that my prices are reasonable for a paperback book. I put a lot of time and effort into writing it and designing the cover art. I go through rigorous editing and so do the other people who assist me in that task. So, if I think that my price is reasonable, don't fall for the ones that are charging more. I don't get any of that excess money they are asking for and neither will the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Those third party retailers are strictly making a profit. Much more than I will ever get.
So there you have it. All the questions I could think of. If you have a question that I haven't answered, please leave a comment and I will make sure to address it. Above all, I truly hope that you enjoy reading Christmas Evil.